Bill To Ban TikTok On Government Devices Gets Approved In US Senate

“No TikTok on Government Devices Act” passed with unanimous approval in the US Senate.

Sohil Nikam

July 23, 2020

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The US Senate has approved a bill that bans the usage of Chinese app TikTok on the devices of all American federal employees. The decision to pass the bill has been taken in view of fears that the app has untempered access to user data that is sent to Chinese servers. The “No TikTok on Government Devices Act” tabled by Senator Josh Hawley was passed unanimously by the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and will now be taken up by the US Senate for a vote.

In the month of June, the Indian government too had issued a ban on TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps citing the same security fears. The app has become extremely popular in a very short amount of time as it allows easy editing of videos and commands a diverse user base. Under a Chinese law introduced back in 2017, all companies are required to support and cooperate in the country’s national intelligence work, which means their data is accessible to the government anytime.

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